Protection for Sage Grouse Could Jeopardize Training Facilities House Committee Says

first_imgLanguage in the House version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill would bar the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from increasing federal protection for the greater sage grouse, over concerns that listing the grassland bird as threatened or endangered would restrict the use of military training grounds and firing ranges in the western United States.A decision by the wildlife service to list the greater sage grouse likely would restrict military access to training grounds and firing ranges, reduce the number of exercises and limit the number of overflights and ground movements, the Army and Air Force has said, reported Stars and Stripes.The grouse’s habitat encompasses parts of 11 western states. Energy development and other activities threaten the black and brown bird by reducing the sagebrush it relies on for cover.Grouse inhabit the 327,000-acre Yakima Training Center in Washington and Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, according to the Army. The Air Force said training activity in the 100,000-acre Saylor Creek bombing and training range and the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake City could be curtailed.“Listing the sage-grouse could have serious repercussions for many critical DOD training facilities in the western United States. We should not further threaten our military’s readiness when it is already in such a precarious state,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, told the publication.The wildlife service now is under a court order to make a listing decision on the greater sage grouse by Sept. 30 in a legal battle with conservationists that spans more than 15 years.An Interior Department spokeswoman said the agency is working with DOD on grouse preservation. The Endangered Species Act allows the secretary of defense to obtain an exemption from the law’s requirements if necessary for national security, she said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

An outsider to replace CEO Francisco DSouza at Cognizant

first_imgFlickrFor the first time, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. may have an outsider as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mint has reported that the company’s board is considering at least one executive from a rival company to succeed Francisco D’Souza. The New Jersy Company, the Teaneck which was established as software services arm of Dun and Bradstreet Corp. in 1994 got independent, is assessing candidates both outside and within the organisation to succeed D’Souza.D’Souza who was given an additional responsibility of vice-chairman of the company has not decided on the date to step down. But the Mint reported that D’Souza is likely to step down as CEO next year. Earlier, there were speculations that Cognizant president Rajeev Mehta would succeed D’Souza as the next CEO of the IT giant but the recent decision of the company’s board is significant in terms that if an outsider is selected for this job, this would the first time in the history of the company.11-member board of the company has been discussing the names of few candidates including a senior executive from Accenture Plc. Mint reported quoting its source that “the board is looking to have a smooth succession when Frank steps down. This could happen sometime next year.”After Wijeyaraj Kumar Mahadeva who led the company from 1994 until 2003 and Lakshmi Narayanan who was the Chief executive from 2004 until 2006, D’Souza is the third CEO. The software company has been doing tremendously well under the leadership of D’Souza which has outperformed its peers to report revenue of $14.81 billion in 2017 from just about $1.42 billion in 2006. Additionally, D’Souza also holds the office as an independent director on the board of General Electric Co. He has a wide experience in managing the one top IT Company and is considered as one of the most successful CEOs in the history of the information technology (IT) outsourcing industry.Phil Fersht, chief executive of US-based HfS Research, an outsourcing research firm believes that “Frank D’Souza has overseen the meteoric rise of Cognizant from a small provider to $15 billion in revenue, the second-largest IT services firm in India and one of the most respected globally, currently ranked 8 in the world for high-value IT services by HfS Research.”last_img read more

Jordanian Queen to visit Rohingya 23 Oct

first_imgJordanian Queen Rania Al AbdullahJordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah will visit Cox’s Bazar on 23 October to see for herself the Rohingya situation on the ground.Queen Rania is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Monday morning, an official told UNB on Friday.In her capacity as a board member of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and as an advocate of the work of UN humanitarian agencies, the Queen will visit Rohingyas.Her visit underscores the urgent need for a dramatic increase in humanitarian assistance for this vulnerable population, said an official on Friday.Rania will visit Kutupalong Refugee Camp and its surroundings in Cox’s Bazar, where she will meet women and children who have recently crossed the border from Myanmar and see some of the emergency services offered by the IRC, UNHCR, Unicef, and other humanitarian agencies on the ground, the official said.At the conclusion of the visit, she will make a press statement.Since late 25 August, around 6 lakh Rohingyas, consisting of women and children in the majority, have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, marking the largest mass refugee movement in the region in decades and a major humanitarian emergency.In Bangladesh, the total number of Rohingyas is now estimated to have reached around 900,000 people, with more expected to arrive, according to international aid agencies.The sheer number of new arrivals has overwhelmed pre-existing service providers, leading to significant challenges in the provision of essential lifesaving services and highlighting the need for greater concerted urgent international response.last_img read more

Muhith angry over calling him exJaPa minister

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister AMA Muhith on Monday threatened to take proper steps if Jatiya Party members call him a former minister of the party again, reports UNB.He came up with the warning while taking part in discussions on the supplementary budget for 2017-18 fiscal in parliament.”I’ll take proper steps,” he said.The Jatiya Party members repeatedly called the finance minister as their former minister in parliament.Jatiya Party MP Selim Uddin on Monday again called him a former minister of Jatiya Party.”I’ve already said (about it) several times, but the Jatiya Party members are not heeding to it…I was neither a Jatiya Party member nor a minister,” an annoyed Muhith told the House.He mentioned that he was the minister of military dictator HM Ershad.”Jatiya Party was not formed at that time, I hope they’ll keep this in mind, if they don’t, I’ll take proper steps against them,” he said.Later while taking part in discussions on the demand notice for supplementary budget, Jatiya Party MP Kazi Firoz Rashid said it was true AMA Muhith was not the minister of Jatiya Party.”Let me assure you, Jatiya Party will never make a knowledgeable person like you a minister in the future, and for that you will not require to go to court,” he quipped.He also said the finance minister is giving protection to bank robbers. “You might go to court for that in the future,” he said.last_img read more

El Tiempo Cantina Shuts Down Social Media Accounts After Sessions Visit Sparks

first_imgA Facebook search for El Tiempo Cantina yields no matching results. The chain appears to have deleted its online presence following backlash over a visit from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Share The restaurant posted a photo of Sessions and co-owner Roland Laurenzo, calling the visit an “honor.” Commenters condemned the post almost immediately, with some calling for a boycott of the chain.  Sessions was in town to speak with local federal prosecutors on immigration enforcement. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pictured with El Tiempo Cantina co-owner Roland Laurenzo in this screenshot of a now-deleted Facebook post.center_img El Tiempo cannot be found on Instagram or Twitter, either.  After deleting the chain’s social media accounts, Laurenzo told ABC13, “People are insulting us in such a dramatic fashion, and we feel like we don’t deserve it.” “The posting of a photograph of the Attorney General at one of our restaurants does not represent us supporting his positions,” Laurenzo reportedly wrote in a now-deleted follow-up post. He claimed Secret Service agents approached the restaurant about serving an unnamed government official, leaving staff unaware Sessions would be dining there “until he walked through the door.” last_img read more

Going Vegetarian in Baltimore and DC

first_imgAs the ideals of healthy diets continue to change, more people are abandoning meat than ever. Vegetarianism and Veganism have origins tracing back centuries, but over time these practices have grown to new proportions. Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants are flourishing nationwide, and the Baltimore/D.C.  area is no exception.  Here are a list of the top vegan and vegetarian restaurants near you.The vegan ribs, rice and kale dish served at the Land of Kush. (Courtesy photo)Land Of Kush –Land Of Kush is innovative and Black-owned. With a menu that features unique twists on popular food like soy BBQ ribs, and vegan chicken drumsticks. Prices are reasonable, and if you can’t make it to the downtown location, delivery is available through Order Up.840 Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201.410-225-5874. NuVegan Café – Located along the infamous Georgia Avenue in Washington D.C., NuVegan offers a large variety of vegan meals, from crab cakes and steak meals to hot and cold sandwiches. Brunch is every Sunday with ordinary breakfast entities made with love and strictly vegan ingredients. Nuvegan also offers soy and almond milk-based smoothies as well as freshly made vegetable juices. If you can’t make it to Georgia Ave or it’s College Park, Md location, NuVegan also hits the streets in their food truck, in which you can get more information on locations on the café’s website.2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001202-232-1700 Evolve – Located in the heart of northwest Washington D.C., Evolve is a top-notch Black owned Vegan spot for eats and entertainment.  Offering 100 percent Vegan meals that range from soul food to soy fish to deserts, Evolve also features a nightly happy hour and caters events and parties. Affordable prices as well as an intimate atmosphere make Evolve the perfect spot for a quick meal, an after work drink or an evening date.341 Cedar St NW, Washington, D.C. 20012202-882-8999center_img Grind House Juice Bar – Just as the name entails, Grind House specializes in fresh juices and smoothies, and features delicious fruity cleanses to get you through your week. As well as tasty drinks, Grind House features a menu filled with familiar grub with a vegan twist like chicken strips, fish fillet and black bean burgers. This Black-owned business specializes in vegan alternatives served through top-notch customer service.2431 St Paul St, Baltimore, Md. 21218.410-366-2441.last_img read more

Animal lovers claim police action cops say allegation baseless

first_imgKolkata: Several animal lovers were allegedly beaten up by the Bidhannagar Police on Tuesday night in front of Swasthaya Bhavan. Actor Debolina Dutta and Tathagata Mukherjee stated that the police had beaten them without any provocation. However, Bidhannagar Police have denied the allegation of beating them up and alleged that the group of pet lovers were creating a nuisance and hurled abusive languages at the cops and also at the lady police personnel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to Dutta, a group of animal lovers were protesting against the decision of allowing the two nursing students to attend class who were allegedly accused of murdering 16 puppies recently. Police personnel were also there since morning. It is alleged that late on Tuesday night, all of a sudden, police personnel started using abusive languages at them. They even assaulted a protester. Seeing him getting harassed, others present there protested. It is alleged that the cops then started beating up the demonstrators. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We were peacefully sitting on the road and sloganeering. All of a sudden, police personnel started abusing us verbally and even beat us up despite our protest being a peaceful one. Even male police personnel heckled female protesters. Actually, they wanted to end their duty and go home and thus, they did this,” said Dutta. Though the actor and others claimed that police had beaten them without any provocation, Bidhannagar Police have denied the allegations. According to senior police officials, the protesters were creating nuisance in the area. They were repeatedly asked to leave the place but they did not bother to listen. On the contrary, protesters used abusive languages targeting the cops. Deputy Commissioner of Police (headquarters) Amit Javalgi gave a written statement which read: “They marched towards the Swasthaya Bhavan and were stopped at the gates as 144 CrPC is promulgated around the building. The animal lovers continued their protest. The protest continued till midnight. The police did not impede them from doing so. However, after midnight, few protestors started beating drums causing nuisance in the area. Matters became serious when few of them started passing lewd remarks on lady police officers. When the officers went to attend and resolve the issue amicably they were pushed by few agitated protestors. Police tried to confine those who attacked them but they fled. The rest of the crowd left peacefully after that. If the police had any intention to take action against the protestors, they would have done it much earlier and wouldn’t have waited till 1 am. No matter what the cause creating public nuisance by beating drums in the dead of the night and abusing policemen and lady police officers on duty is an offence. Police are duty-bound to ensure peaceful assembly but are equally responsible to ensure order.”last_img read more

Mental physical activities lower Dementia risk

first_imgKeeping yourself physically and mentally active in middle age may lower the risk of developing dementia decades later, a study claims. Mental activities included reading, playing instruments, singing in a choir, visiting concerts, gardening, doing needlework or attending religious services, according to the study published in the journal Neurology. “These results indicate that these activities in middle age may play a role in preventing dementia in old age and preserving cognitive health,” said Jenna Najar from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s exciting as these are activities that people can incorporate into their lives pretty easily and without a lot of expense,” Najar said in a statement. The study involved 800 Swedish women with an average age of 47 who were followed for 44 years. At the beginning of the study, participants were asked about their mental and physical activities. Participants were given scores in each of the five areas based on how often they participated in mental activities, with a score of zero for no or low activity, one for moderate activity and two for high activity.The total score possible was 10. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants were divided into two groups. The low group, with 44 per cent of participants, had scores of zero to two and the high group, with 56 per cent of participants, had scores of three to 10. For physical activity, participants were divided into two groups, active and inactive. The active group ranged from light physical activity such as walking, gardening, bowling or biking for a minimum of four hours per week to regular intense exercise such as running or swimming several times a week or engaging in competitive sports. A total of 17 per cent of the participants were in the inactive group and 82 per cent were in the active group. During the study, 194 women developed dementia. Of those, 102 had Alzheimer’s disease, 27 had vascular dementia and 41 had mixed dementia, where more than one type of dementia is present, such as the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s disease along with the blood vessel changes seen in vascular dementia. The study found that women with high level of mental activities were 46 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and 34 per cent less likely to develop dementia overall than the women with the low level of mental activities. The women who were physically active were 52 per cent less likely to develop dementia with cerebrovascular disease and 56 per cent less likely to develop mixed dementia than the women who were inactive. The researchers took into account other factors that could affect the risk of dementia, such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. They also ran the results again after excluding women who developed dementia about halfway through the study to rule out the possibility that those women may have been in the prodromal stage of dementia, with less participation in the activities as an early symptom. The results were similar, except that physical activity was then associated with a 34 per cent reduced risk of dementia overall. Of the 438 women with the high level of mental activity, 104 developed dementia, compared to 90 of the 347 women with the low level of activity. Of the 648 women with the high level of physical activity, 159 developed dementia, compared to 35 of the 137 women who were inactive.last_img read more

Third generation of the Sullivan family ready to step up at Collette

first_imgThird generation of the Sullivan family ready to step up at Collette Share Tags: Collette, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Pawtucket, RI — Collette is celebrating its 100th anniversary with some historic news: Jaclyn Leibl-Cote is taking over as President and is on her way to becoming the third generation of the Sullivan family to head up the company as CEO.The succession plan will see Leibl-Cote working alongside her dad, current Collette CEO Dan Sullivan Jr., for the next several years.She will then become his successor and the third generation of the Sullivan family to occupy the role of CEO of Collette.The company notes that Leibl-Cote’s promotion “is significant not only to Collette, but to the travel industry as a whole. As a female President, she is one of very few women occupying senior leadership roles in the travel industry and serves as an inspiration to others.”Leibl-Cote started at Collette in 2005, working in the mail room as a teenager. Since then she has occupied many roles within the company, spending time in sales, working as a tour manager and tour designer, and most recently as the Executive Vice President of Product and Tour Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Babson College.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureShe’s also an avid supporter of many nonprofit organizations and sits on the boards of Gennaro, Inc. and serves on the board of advisors for the Collette Foundation. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more

Algerian national broadcasting company Télédiffusi

first_imgAlgerian national broadcasting company Télédiffusion d’Algérie has extended its contract for capacity on the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite to support the rollout of digital-terrestrial services in the country.Télédiffusion d’Algérie has taken a 36MHz transponder at the 5° West position to feed its terrestrial transmitter network as well as to enable DTH reception with 60cm dishes. TV channels broadcast include Canal Algérie, A3, Programme National, TV4 Coran and TV5 Tamazight in addition to 20 national and regional radio stations.Abdelmalek Houyou, director general of Télédiffusion d’Algérie said: “Eutelsat has provided TDA with clear evidence of its expertise in satellite broadcasting services. The successful DTH broadcasting of our radio and television services since 2007 represents a major step towards the successful deployment of digital-terrestrial television across Algeria.”last_img read more

Hes known as Dr Miracle because of his skill a

first_imgHe’s known as “Dr. Miracle” because of his skill and his devotion to helping victims of gang rape during conflict in his country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For several years, the gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege has been mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. And this year, he has been awarded the prize, along with Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq who was taken captive by ISIS members and held as a sex slave for three months before escaping from her captors. In 2016, at the age of 23, she was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. In 2016, NPR profiled Dr. Mukwege. This story has been updated.When Dr. Denis Mukwege opened Panzi Hospital in 1999, he envisioned it as a means to improve the maternal mortality rates in Bukavu, the capital of Eastern Congo, where about 1 in 100 women died during childbirth. “But our first patient did not come to deliver a baby,” the 63-year-old gynecologist has explained. “She had been raped with extreme violence.”That rape patient set in motion a new course for the doctor’s life. The hospital has grown into an international foundation that helps rape victims work through the physical, emotional and spiritual trauma through a tailored healing process.Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of women for rape since opening Panzi Hospital. Those survivors, who range in age from toddlers to seniors, suffered complex gynecological injuries, inflicted by members of rebel groups and the Congolese military.This healing process goes behind surgery and therapy. The Panzi healing model is a five-pillar process.”What I’m doing really is not only to treat women — their body,” Mukwege told NPR, “[but] also to fight for their own right, to bring them to be autonomous, and, of course, to support them psychologically. And all of this is a process of healing so women can regain their dignity.”Part of this approach comes from Mukwege’s realizations about the nature of the trauma of rape. “When it happens in the life of a woman to be raped, sometime you have an impression that it was ‘just a rape,’ as some people who don’t understand the meaning of rape [say],” explains Mukwege. “But we understand that it’s a very deep trauma and women need to regain confidence in themselves.”The five pillars of the Panzi model are medical treatment, psychosocial therapy, socioeconomic support and training, community reintegration and legal assistance. “Once you get through your psychosocial and medical healing,” explains Elizabeth Blackney, senior media adviser to Mukwege, “you move on and work with our socioeconomic pillar [to] learn literacy and numeracy and education. [The women] have a safe space to learn vocational skills. And then we of course provide legal aid and assistance to help people get justice.”While Mukwege has been known in international circles for years — he has collected many humanitarian awards — popular knowledge of his work has come through The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates, an award-winning documentary.The film, by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, focuses on issues of physical healing and justice. It also paints a stark picture of the landscape around Bukavu and Panzi Hospital, visiting villages and jungles where the afterlife of the Second Congo War still rages.The film raises the voices of the Congolese women, who often have no place in the international dialogue. Their words help convey the depth of the trauma. They also reveal the depth of humanity and care in the doctor’s work. “I felt love for him and myself again,” one woman says in a scene.One woman says, “He touched my urine, my feces.””We call him the messiah,” says another.Mukwege himself has faced dangers because of his work. In September 2012 he gave a speech decrying the horror of mass rape in Congo to the U.N. A month later, gunmen invaded his home and attempted to kill him, his wife and their two daughters. His guard intervened. During the ensuing shootout, the doctor and his family played dead. He left Congo shortly thereafter but the women of Eastern Congo sold their harvest to pay for his plane ticket home.”After that gesture, I couldn’t really say no,” Mukwege told the BBC. He returned to a hero’s welcome in 2013. “And also, I am myself determined to help fight these atrocities, this violence,” he said. “My life has had to change, since returning. I now live at the hospital and I take a number of security precautions, so I have lost some of my freedom.”He is fighting against rebel militias, his own government, against some of the worst imaginable physical and mental trauma imaginable, against images that would destroy most of us. But when I ask a member of Mukwege’s staff how they keep fighting, the answer is: “Because we have to.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A disability charity’s decision to choose as its new chair the head of a company closely linked with the government’s hated “fitness for work” test has been branded “a betrayal” of disabled people and “a truly disgraceful appointment”.United Response, which provides a range of support services to about 3,000 disabled people across England and Wales, this week announced the appointment of management consultant Malcolm McCaig (pictured).McCaig has been a non-executive director of Unum UK since July 2009 and was appointed to chair the company’s board last year.But Unum has spent decades attempting to influence UK government policy on welfare reform and is blamed by many disabled researchers and activists for pushing successive governments to make the process of applying for out-of-work disability benefits harsher and more stressful.Those policies have been closely linked to the deaths of countless benefit claimants and with causing significant harm to the physical and mental health of many others.Campaigners argue that Unum has spent years trying to undermine the social security system to boost the market for its own income protection insurance (IPI) policies.In 2011, Unum launched a major UK marketing campaign to promote the need for IPI policies, just as the coalition began its three-year programme to reassess about 1.5 million existing claimants of old-style incapacity benefit through the new work capability assessment (WCA).United Response this week celebrated the appointment of its new chair, describing him as “a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion” who would be “a major asset to the organisation”.But Mo Stewart, the disabled researcher who has done most to raise concerns about Unum’s influence on welfare reform*, described McCaig’s appointment as “an insult to the chronically ill and disabled people being coerced and intimidated by the DWP, who used Unum as advisers for welfare reforms that have caused death, despair and destitution for those in greatest need in the UK”.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) described the appointment as “a betrayal of all the disabled people and their families who have suffered under the work capability assessment”.A DPAC spokesperson added: “More than that, though, we consider it active collusion in Unum’s interest in replacing the UK social security net with an insurance system from which they will profit and disabled people will be harmed.“Given Unum’s history in the US of denying disability in order to avoid pay-outs this is a truly disgraceful appointment.”Rick Burgess, another leading disabled activist, said: “Given Unum’s reputation in being a ‘disability denial factory’ and its role in abusive disability welfare changes, this appointment is completely inappropriate, unless of course United Response plans on replicating Unum’s approach to disabled people.”It is also not the first time Unum has courted links with the disability sector.Two years ago, the Mental Health Foundation was heavily criticised for launching a partnership with Unum that aimed to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and encourage employers to safeguard the mental health of their employees.Unum’s links with the UK government date back to the 1990s, when Peter Lilley, social security secretary in John Major’s Conservative government, hired senior Unum executive John LoCascio to offer advice on how to cut the number of claimants of long-term sickness benefits. A detailed memo submitted to the Commons work and pensions committee in 2002 by a director of Unum – then known as UnumProvident – called on the Labour government to “ensure both that work always pays more than benefits, and more importantly that it is clearly seen to do so”.And in 2005, Unum bragged in a document that it had “always been at the leading edge of disability assessment and management”, and that government policy was now “moving in the same direction” as “our views and understanding” and was “to a large extent being driven by our thinking and that of our close associates”.Three years later, in 2008, the Labour government introduced the WCA.Stewart said McCaig’s appointment “disregards the history of this American corporate giant, the fact that they were official government advisers from 1992 regarding ‘welfare claims management’ which influenced the introduction of employment and support allowance and the notorious WCA”.She also pointed out that Unum was accused of operating a “disability denial” agenda by a professor at Yale Law School and was identified by the American Association for Justice as being the second worst insurance company in America.In 2005, California’s insurance commissioner, John Garamendi, described Unum Provident as “an outlaw company” that had “engaged in a strategy to increase its bottom line at the expense of its customers”.The company has previously admitted widespread criticism of its past actions in the US, mainly over its refusal to pay out on large numbers of genuine insurance claims by disabled people, a record also mentioned five years ago in a Commons debate on the WCA.Unum also sponsored Cardiff University’s Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research for four years.That research, said Stewart, led to the fatally flawed biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment on which the WCA is based.Unum has repeatedly dismissed claims that it pushed the government to introduce the WCA system, and two years ago even claimed that it “never has lobbied on the topic of welfare reform or related matters”.United Response failed to respond to the concerns about Unum.But Tim Cooper, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Malcolm is an outstanding individual whose background and vast experience will prove invaluable in leading United Response and helping it achieve its vision.“We undertook an extensive recruitment process resulting in an incredibly strong shortlist of candidates, and Malcolm’s skill set and demonstrable understanding of the charity led to his appointment.”*Stewart’s book, Cash Not Care, details Unum’s influence over successive UK governments, and how it led to the introduction of the WCAlast_img read more

This Wearable Made From Graphene Could Help Regulate Diabetes

first_img Stephanie Mlot Next Article This Wearable Made From Graphene Could Help Regulate Diabetes Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Stretchable patch that can monitor blood glucose levels and deliver medication when necessary. This story originally appeared on PCMag Reporter at PCMag Diabetics may soon be able to trade their blood glucose meters and insulin injectors for a wearable device.A team of international scientists — led by Dae-Hyeong Kim from the Institute for Basic Science in Seoul — developed a stretchable patch that can monitor blood glucose levels and deliver medication when necessary.Made from a conductive, flexible, transparent graphene material, the monitoring device is something of a breakthrough in the medical community. According to Popular Science, researchers have, in the past, used the pliable element to create similar patches, but were always stymied by graphene’s limiting properties. Kim’s team, however, overcame that hurdle by adding gold particles and a surrounding gold mesh, forming an interface for the stable transfer of electrical signals.  So when a person attaches the patch to their skin, it examines sweat for pH and temperature changes that signal high glucose levels. In that case, a layer of coating dissolves to expose microneedles that release metformin to regulate and reduce high blood sugar levels, Popular Science explained, citing a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology. Data is also synced with a mobile device for easy monitoring, all without the hassle of pricking your finger.Initially tested on mice and two adult men with diabetes, the patch’s drug delivery system would need to be scaled up before further human trials can occur.As MIT Technology Review pointed out, the same group of scientists recently prototyped a patch for Parkinson’s patients which would diagnose tremors and deliver pharmaceuticals stored in nanoparticles. 2 min readcenter_img March 23, 2016 Health –shares Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: PC Mag Register Now »last_img read more

Audi to Add Traffic Light Countdown Clocks to Cars

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Audi Add to Queue Image credit: Audi Audi cars will soon be able to talk to traffic lights and tell you when they’ll turn green.The luxury automaker on Monday announced that some 2017 models will be equipped with a feature that enables the vehicle to communicate with traffic lights in select cites across the U.S. So, when you roll up to a red light, you’ll see a little countdown clock on the dashboard and head-up display that shows the remaining time until the signal changes to green. In a statement, Audi’s General Manager for connected vehicles, Pom Malhotra, said this represents the company’s first step in “vehicle-to-infrastructure integration.””In the future we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start/stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities,” Malhotra said. “These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”Audi of America plans to roll out the new feature later this fall in “select smart cities and metropolitan areas across the country.” The company did not specify which cities. It will be available on 2017 Audi Q7, A4 and A4 allroad models built after June 1 of this year.Meanwhile, Audi is also reportedly gearing up to take on Tesla by launching three electric car models by 2020 as part of a “strategic overhaul,” prompted by parent-company Volkswagen’s ongoing emissions scandal. Audi also intends to funnel more resources into the development of digital services and autonomous driving technologies. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Reporter –shares August 16, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Audi to Add Traffic Light Countdown Clocks to Cars Next Article Angela Moscaritolo Register Now »last_img read more

Infosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation Wins Partner Excellence

first_imgInfosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation; Wins Partner Excellence Award at PegaWorld 2019 Sudipto GhoshJune 5, 2019, 3:37 pmJune 5, 2019 Infosys is a Strategic Partner for Pegasystems Inc. At the PegaWorld 2019, Pega recognized Infosys’ valuable contribution to Digital Transformation processes for clients and partners. Infosys helped Pegasystems to implement large-scale complex Digital Process Automation platforms and solutions.Infosys and Pega bring a robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.In an official press release, Infosys revealed that the ‘company’ is a key catalyst in the design and execution processes of innovative Digital Process Automation on the Pega Platform TM. It stated, “With its strong Pega credentials, solutions and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision, by bringing robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.”Recognition for Infosys Based on Expertise in Digital Process Automation Platforms Pegasystems recognized Infosys at the annual PegaWorld conference in Las Vegas for excellence in growth and delivery.Infosys won the Pega partner excellence award in recognition of their innovative practice development and continued investment in the growth of a strong delivery practice.Infosys has implemented countless transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies since 2006. Currently, backed by its strong Pega credentials, solutions, and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision.Infosys has redesigned its practice from traditional Business Process Management (BPM) to Digital Process Automation Practice by stitching services across BPM, case management, real-time decision making, robotics, AI and ML. Infosys Digital Process Automation goes beyond process automation to enable true digital engagement. It entails simplifying the business process and enabling the straight-through process across organizations, with access to real-time information and recommendations with digitized operations to support the end-to-end customer experience.With over 17+ years of experience in delivering high-quality process management services to close to 200 customers, Infosys continues to drive Digital Transformation journeys in the modern era.Recently, Infosys BPM was also named a winner in the HfS Blueprint Grid: Retail Customer Engagement Services Report 2018.Then, Infosys McCamish Systems, a U.S. based subsidiary of Infosys, was also positioned as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Life Insurance Policy Administration Systems (PAS) for North America.This recognition from various institutions and partners demonstrates Infosys’ current roadmap for the Digital Transformation ecosystem.center_img crmdigital process automationDigital TransformationNewsPega PartnerPegaWorld 2019 Previous ArticleInfobip Launches Rich Communications Services With Google to Businesses in MexicoNext ArticleFigure Eight Secure Data Access Solution Provides Customers With Comprehensive Security Controlslast_img read more

Hedgehogs connected to the outbreak of Salmonella

first_img Source: By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 31 2019There has been a Salmonella outbreak across states in the United States and federal health officials have found that pet hedgehogs could be linked to some of these cases.According to the officials, six new cases from three states including Virginia, over the last couple of months have been associated with these pet animals. Across 11 states there have been 17 reported cases of Salmonella typhimurium infection. Although no deaths have been reported yet, there have been two cases of hospitalization due to the infection. The worst affected states were Minnesota and Missouri (three in each) while other states affected include Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. African Pygmy Hedgehog. Image Credit: Shutterstockcenter_img Related StoriesAntimicrobials used to treat zoonotic diseases are becoming less effective, data revealsFlying insects in hospitals harbor pathogenic bacteriaHighlights and key takeaways from the 2019 Boston Bacterial Meeting (BBM)The team of health officials investigating the outbreak found that samples from eight hedgehogs in Minnesota contained the bacterial strains. Two of these samples came from the pets in homes with two ill patients. The hedgehogs came from a variety of pet stores, online stores or breeders and no common source of the infection was found. At present 87 percent of all the cases have had an exposure to hedgehogs say the officials.The CDC said in an outbreak notice, “Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with pet hedgehogs is the likely source of this outbreak.” The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia had legalized household hedgehogs in January just prior to this notice from the CDC. Maribeth Brewster, a department spokeswoman said that both ill persons had hedgehogs in their homes and “and one definitely had hedgehog exposure.”The health officials warned that hedgehogs carry Salmonella in their droppings and not maintaining good hygiene could be a reason behind the spread. They advise adequate and through hand-washing after handling the animals. Children should be made aware of hand-washing requirements after playing with the animals and before taking food, the officials add. They warn about leaving the pet hedgehogs near kitchens and prepared uncovered foods and also warn against snuggling and kissing the animals.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a couple of months back in January had also advised against “kissing or snuggling hedgehogs”. Brewster said, “Washing hands after handling and cleaning up after these types of pets and all pets can reduce the likelihood of illness transmission.”Salmonella infections can typically manifest as diarrhoea, fever, vomiting, abdominal pain etc. It may be severe in babies and in the elderly. US records around 1.2 million cases of Salmonella infection annually.last_img read more

Leaked Facebook memo questions cost of growth

Facebook troubles worsened late Thursday with the leak of a two-year-old memo from a high-ranking executive hinting that the social network was determined to grow despite risks to users. Explore further © 2018 AFP Citation: Leaked Facebook memo questions cost of growth (2018, March 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook continues to be battered by a data breach involving Britain-based Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign The 2016 memo published by news website Buzzfeed was written by veteran Facebook executive Andrew Bozworth, considered part of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s inner circle.”The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is ‘de facto’ good,” the memo read.The memo pointed out that connecting people can lead to good outcomes, such as finding love or preventing suicide.It could also have negative consequences, Bozworth reasoned.”Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies,” the memo read.”Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”Bozworth is known to be an outspoken defender of Facebook, and unabashed in expressing his views.”I don’t agree with the post today and I didn’t agree with it even when I wrote it,” Bozworth said in a statement to AFP.”The purpose of this post, like many others I have written internally, was to bring to the surface issues I felt deserved more discussion with the broader company.”In response to an AFP inquiry, Zuckerberg referred to Bozworth as a talented leader who says provocative things, the leaked memo among them.”This was one that most people at Facebook including myself disagreed with strongly,” Zuckerberg said.”We’ve never believed the ends justify the means. We recognize that connecting people isn’t enough by itself. We also need to work to bring people closer together.”Even if the Bozworth memo was meant solely to get colleagues to grapple with tough issues, it hints that Facebook executives were aware of risks associated with connecting and sharing on the social network.The leak of the memo came as Facebook continued to be battered by a data breach involving Britain-based Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.Facebook faces probes on both sides of the Atlantic over the hijacking of 50 million users’ personal data by the firm.The firestorm has raised new awareness on how personal data is stored and shared by internet platforms and marketers.Facebook has begun to produce documents and wants to be “cooperative” with a New York investigation into the Cambridge Analytica data breach, state attorney general Eric Schneiderman said Thursday.On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission, a US consumer protection agency, said it had opened an inquiry into Facebook’s privacy practices, including whether the company violated an earlier agreement with the FTC on how it handles user data.Facebook signed a consent decree with the consumer agency in 2011 settling charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then allowing it to be shared and made public. Facebook cooperating with New York probe: prosecutor read more

Explainer What is at stake with Turkeys Russian air defence deal

first_img World 11 Jul 2019 EU threatens Turkey with sanctions over Cyprus drilling – draft ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey took its first deliveries of the Russian S-400 air defence system on Friday, a development likely to trigger U.S. sanctions on Ankara and escalate tensions between Turkey and its Western partners in the NATO military alliance.Why does Turkey need the Russian defence system?Ankara sees the system as a strategic defence requirement as it faces security threats from its southern borders with Syria and Iraq. It says that when it made the S-400 deal with Russia, the United States and Europe had not presented a viable alternative.Turkey has said the Russian system met its expectations in terms of price and technology and it hopes to cooperate with Russia in the development of the next generation S-500 missile systems, benefiting from technology transfer and co-production. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 15 Apr 2019 Turkey says buying Russian defence system should not trigger U.S. sanctions World 10 Jul 2019 Turkey warns United States against harmful steps over Russian S-400scenter_img Related News According to Ankara, the S-400s do not pose a direct threat to the U.S. military. It has proposed setting up a technical working group that could include NATO, to address U.S. concerns about the potential impact of the system on U.S. F-35 jets. This proposal has so far been left unanswered, Turkey says.Why is the United States opposed to the deal?The United States says the Russian missile system is not compatible with the NATO defence network and that it could pose a threat to its Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, an aircraft that Turkey is helping to build and planning to buy.Turkey’s purchase also contravenes U.S. legislation, known as Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which requires Washington to impose sanctions on countries which buy military equipment from Moscow. The missile deal further complicates U.S. policy in the Middle East by heightening tensions with Ankara at a time when Washington has been exerting pressure internationally to isolate Iran by blocking Tehran’s oil exports. Turkey had been a major buyer of Iranian oil, but has halted purchases so far. The United States and Turkey are also at odds over the Syrian conflict and other issues.What has the United States offered as an alternative?In trying to persuade Turkey to give up the Russian missiles, the United States offered to sell its Raytheon Co. Patriot missile defence systems.Turkey’s defence minister has said Turkish and U.S. officials were working on price, technology transfer and joint production issues on the latest U.S. offer, made in late March. However, no agreement has yet been reached.Several NATO allies have also provided Patriot missile batteries to protect Turkey’s southern borders during the conflict in neighbouring Syria. What consequences will the deal’s completion have?Washington has repeatedly said Turkey will face “real and negative consequences” if it proceeds with the acquisition, including suspension of procurement and industrial participation in the F-35 programme and exposure to sanctions under CAATSA.If the United States removes Turkey from the F-35 programme, and imposes sanctions on its NATO ally, it would be one of the most significant ruptures in recent history between the two nations.However, Erdogan has repeatedly voiced confidence in his rapport with U.S. President Donald Trump, who has expressed sympathy over Turkey’s situation. At a meeting with Erdogan in June, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama’s administration for failing to help Turkey acquire Patriot missiles as an alternative to the S-400s.In theory, the president has the authority to withhold or delay CAATSA sanctions. However, U.S. officials have said that the Trump administration still plans to impose the sanctions on Turkey and remove it from the F-35 programme. (Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Dominic Evans and Gareth Jones) Related Newslast_img read more

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